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ACC Football: What to Know About the 2022 Schedule

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The ACC released its complete 2022 college football schedule on Monday night. The 14-team league is set for kickoff next fall on Saturday, Aug. 27, with the season concluding with the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte on Dec. 3. The ACC has plenty of high-profile non-conference games, including Florida State-LSU, West Virginia-Pitt, and Clemson-Notre Dame. Pitt defeated Wake Forest to claim the ACC title in '21, but both teams should be pushed by Clemson, NC State and Miami next fall.

Related: Early ACC Football Predictions for 2022

What are the big takeaways, tidbits and things to know for the 2022 ACC season?

Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 ACC schedule:

ACC Football: What to Know About the 2022 Schedule

Week 0 Matchups on Tap to Start the Season
The ACC is slated to start its season a little earlier than normal with two matchups in Week 0. Florida State hosts Duquesne, and North Carolina takes on Florida A&M in a pair of FBS vs. FCS contests. Both matchups should be one-sided affairs, but the early start allows the Seminoles and Tar Heels to have an extra off week during the year.

How Does Notre Dame Fit In?
The ACC's annual scheduling agreement with Notre Dame continues with four games in 2022. The Fighting Irish play at North Carolina and Syracuse and host Clemson and Boston College.

The Backyard Brawl is Back!
For the first time since 2011, rivals West Virginia and Pitt will meet on the gridiron. And in even better news, the game is a marquee matchup on Thursday, Sept. 1 in Week 1, so the rivalry won't lack for interest or intrigue.

Extended Labor Day Weekend + Non-Conference Intrigue
All 14 ACC teams are in action on Week 1. The Backyard Brawl, along with VMI at Wake Forest, kicks off Week 1 on Thursday, Sept. 1. The ACC will have at least one game on Friday night, along with matchups on Sunday and Monday to go with the normal Saturday slate. Of note: Florida State vs. LSU on Sunday, Sept. 4 and Clemson vs. Georgia Tech in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Labor Day night.

Midweek Games
From Week 1 to Week 13, the ACC will be featured on Thursday or Friday night in seven of those weeks. Included in that span is a matchup between Florida State and Louisville on Thursday, Sept. 16, West Virginia at Virginia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Virginia Tech at NC State on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Florida vs. Florida State - A Black Friday Showdown in 2022
The Sunshine State Showdown between Florida and Florida State is moving to Friday in a one-time schedule tweak for 2022. Instead of their normal Saturday meeting, the Gators and Seminoles are set for a showdown on Friday, Nov. 25.

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Wake Forest's Favorable Path to a Repeat
With quarterback Sam Hartman piloting a loaded offense, the Demon Deacons have a good shot to represent the Atlantic Division in the ACC title game for the second year in a row. The schedule also sets up favorably. Wake Forest hosts Clemson on Sept. 24 and plays at NC State on Nov. 5 to give Clawson's team plenty of time between its toughest matchups. Also, the crossover slate with the Coastal Division - North Carolina and at Duke - is favorable.

Miami's Tough Crossover
New Miami coach Mario Cristobal returns one of the ACC's top signal-callers in Tyler Van Dyke, but the 'Canes drew arguably the toughest crossover slate with the Atlantic Division. Miami hosts Florida State on Nov. 5 and travels to Clemson on Nov. 19. A week later, Pitt comes to Hard Rock Stadium in a game that could decide the Coastal Division winner.

Home in Pittsburgh
Pitt - the reigning ACC champs - open with five home games in its first six contests. That stretch includes matchups versus West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. However, only two of the final six games are in the Steel City, leaving coach Pat Narduzzi's team with treks to Louisville, North Carolina, Miami and Virginia in that stretch.

Watch Out For NC State
The Wolfpack projected No. 16 in Athlon's way-too-early top 25 for 2022 and return a roster capable of pushing Wake Forest and Clemson for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. Coach Dave Doeren's squad has huge back-to-back games versus Clemson (road on Oct. 1) and Florida State (home on Oct. 8) before getting Wake Forest on Nov. 5. NC State doesn't have to play Miami or Pitt from the Coastal Division but does have tricky matchups against Louisville and Syracuse on the road.

A Difficult Closing Stretch for Virginia
New coach Tony Elliott didn't get many favors for his first schedule with the Cavaliers. Virginia's first half is manageable, but the second part of the slate features a road trek to Georgia Tech, followed by home dates versus Miami, North Carolina, Pitt and Coastal Carolina before closing on the road against rival Virginia Tech.

Georgia Tech's Brutal Schedule
Geoff Collins hopes to show Georgia Tech is on the right track in 2022, but the fourth-year coach drew a brutal schedule. The Yellow Jackets open against Clemson in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with matchups against Ole Miss (home), UCF (road) and Pitt (road) before playing Duke at the halfway mark of '22. In the second half of the season, Collins' squad has road treks to Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia, along with home dates versus Virginia and Miami.

Conference Championship Game in Charlotte
For the sixth year in a row, the ACC will play its conference title game in Charlotte at Bank of America Stadium (home to the Carolina Panthers). The matchup between the winner of the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

Crossover Opponents

Atlantic Division

Boston College

at Virginia Tech and Duke

Clemson

vs. Georgia Tech (Atlanta) and Miami

Florida State

Georgia Tech and at Miami

Louisville

at Virginia and Pitt

NC State

Virginia Tech and at North Carolina

Syracuse

Virginia and at Pitt

Wake Forest

North Carolina and at Duke

Coastal Division

Duke

at Boston College and Wake Forest

Georgia Tech

vs. Clemson (Atlanta) and at Florida State

Miami

Florida State and at Clemson

North Carolina

at Wake Forest and NC State

Pitt

at Louisville and Syracuse

Virginia

at Syracuse and Pitt

Virginia Tech

Boston College and at NC State

Opponents Missed for 2022

Boston College

Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia

Clemson

Duke, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech

Duke

Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, NC State and Syracuse

Florida State

Duke, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech

Boston College, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest

Louisville

Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Miami

Boston College, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest

North Carolina

Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and Syracuse

NC State

Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt and Virginia

Pitt

Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest

Syracuse

Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech

Virginia

Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest

Virginia Tech

Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse and Wake Forest

Wake Forest

Georgia Tech, Miami, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech